Articles for Sonia A. Rao

Community radio stations challenge ICASA over rejected licence applications

“Community radio initiatives are crucial to educating and informing communities” says Bush Radio director


News | 24 November 2023

How unemployment has changed since 2000

Jobless rate has not dropped below 20% since 2000


News | 23 November 2023

Call for a national early childhood feeding scheme

There is no government nutrition programme for children before they enter formal schooling


Brief | 16 November 2023

Vigils held in Cape Town for Gaza war

People gathered at Parliament and at the University of Cape Town to express solidarity with Palestine

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News | 8 November 2023

R350-a-month grant to be extended to March 2025

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announces extension of Covid-19 grant

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Brief | 1 November 2023

Housing in South Africa: How have we done since 1994?

We’ve made progress but the quality of the data is poor, especially the latest census

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Analysis | 31 October 2023

MPs blast Post Office and Postbank leadership

“I don’t see a clear way forward. What I see is yet another failed entity” says MP


News | 11 October 2023

Some pensioners are still queuing for hours for their grants

But payments seem to be going more smoothly, at least in some places

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News | 4 October 2023

Cape flood: homes buried in mud

Sir Lowry’s Pass flood victims face uncertain future

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News | 29 September 2023

Children in the Eastern Cape are not being fed enough at school

Some schools are not getting even the minimum funding from the National School Nutrition Programme

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News | 28 September 2023

The Education Minister promised all schools would have a library by 29 November - but there’s no chance that deadline will be met

Three quarters of public schools still don’t have libraries, in spite of a 2013 promise


News | 21 September 2023

SA’s injury statistics are not accurate, experts warn

South African Medical Research Council says death notification form must be changed


News | 13 September 2023

Half a cabbage is a meal for seven people as hunger grips the Eastern Cape

Gift of the Givers says it’s inundated with calls for help


News | 7 September 2023

Prisoners are being held for years in solitary confinement

“Under democracy, hundreds and even thousands of inmates have been subjected to these practices” says Judicial Inspectorate report


News | 6 September 2023